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    August 2, 2013
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an mrs. van buren. starting at 9:00 eastern on c-span. coming up tonight on c-span2. a senate foreign relations hearing that looks at way to improve security at u.s. embassy overseas. and governors from as cro the country meet in milwaukee for the official national governor and problems we are addressing when we are going forward. we feel good about that aspect of it. >> okay. we need to expand medicaid. our current medicaid system is association summer meeting. today the state department issued world wide travel alert focused on regions in the middle east and north africa after the department received information that al qaeda could be planning attacks throughout the month of august. as precaution they announce they would be closing as many as 21 embassy and consulate in countries such as iran, egypt, libya, afghanistan, and yemen effected sunday. it remains in effect until the broken. it has $3,500,000,000 over budget other projections from last year. which has a severe implication on this budget. we are trying to deal with these existing medicaid systems, which is putting a burden on the point in time. i have had very cordial
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end of the month. a few weeks ago the was a tounge of hearing on capitol hill. the state department's head of diplomatic security was among the witnesses taking questions about measures congress and the state department could take in insuring safety of -- it's less than an hour and a half. conversation with a secretaries. but with the secretary there are regulations that have within the last two weeks. with medical groups and insurance companies we are figuring out the details and interpretations of the regulations. because these regulations could [inaudible conversations] make or break our budget. just in the past week and a half come in the new regulations come on board, which allows hospitals to do a screening process of any patient that comes into the hospital we cannot afford the care and we have asked the hospital to do the screening and that the screening shows that they can or cannot get on medicaid. we put it on and there is a two month period.
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[inaudible conversations] the the hearing will come to order. today our real focus is ensuring a security of our missions we are trying to figure out if they didn't qualify, does the state get a refund of the hospital did not do sufficient screening. so those are very important questions to ask. because if we do not get a refund and those that did not qualify, that could add 30 to $100 million to our budget. so those are the issues that we are having going daily with the federal government. and we hope to we are talking abroad and the safety of our foreign service personnel. that as always been and will remain a priority of this committee. having said that, i hope to have the support of my republican colleagues for the embassy security act i've introdisused -- introduced. who gave their life and service in the nation on benghazi on september 11th. the lessons we have learned from the tragedy tragedies -- about the hospitals are incentivized to do that correct screening or they will pass on their cost to the state taxpayers we're working on right now. >> next question? >> can you repeat the question?
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we will increasingly face in the 21st century. and it will require our full, unequivocal, unwavering commitment to fully protect our embassy and those who serve this nation abroad. we have studied what went wrong. we have looked back. now it's time to look forward an do what needs to be done to prevent another tragedy in the future. after benghazi, 29 >> on the issue when it comes to health care so where do you kind of balance that when it comes to the federal and state government so we talk about talked about the states reactions to the affordable care act, you have recommendations to state and congress. while we must do our part in overseeing state implementation. we must also do our part to provide the resources and necessary authorization to ensure full implementation. and we must make whatever investment are necessary to protect our embassy and our missions. such investment are not ex many different responses even within different parts and parties. whether we have state exchanges or federal exchanges or whether we have the medicaid expansion or not. in our case we have a federal exchange and we have referred to the federal government and we did not get the medicaid expansion. but we did something where we reduced reduce the number of uninsured by 224,000.
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budget item. we must strike the proper balance between sealing off vol nebility and high-threat areas and continuing to conduct vigorous and effective diplomacy that serves the national interest. the fact is, we can never have absolute security in an increasingly dangerous ronald unless we sale our diplomat in steal tank. security alone is not our objective. at the end of the day, this is not an either/or choice. going forward our state was unique when it came in. everyone living in poverty in the state going forward is covered under medicaid. everyone living above the poverty will be transitioned into the marketplace either through traditional insurance or we need to address the construction of new embassy that meet accident security needs and cowhat we can to ensure existing high-risk post we need our people to represent our interest and new construction is not an option. they stated it clearly. i quote, the solution requireses a more serious and sustained commitment from congress to support state department needs which in total institute a small through the federal exchanges. therefore, there is nominee for anyone else to act on them because we have options. we are already recovering just over 90% on the affordable care act. you see ec very unique characteristics. one of the unique advantages that i have found here in wisconsin, being an active part
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percentage both of the full national bucket and that spent for national security. one overall conclusion in this report is that congress must do its part to meet the challenge it and provide necessary resources to the state department to address security risk and meet mission impartive. the bill i introdpiewsed is part of the solution it's serious and sustained commitment that takes lesson escaped with have learned and turns them in to action. as i said total security is next is not only consistency. the chair and vice chair have talked about that with homeland security and some of the things that we do. other things we have done even with health care they have these to impossible. our diplomats cannot encase nems stone fortreats. it's clearly not an option. so the solution must be multifaceted. it must include enhanced physical security around our embassy. and ensure that our diplomat are equipped with the language skills and security training necessary to keep them safe when they come out from behind the embassy wall. it also requires us to ensure that the persons protecting our missions are not selected simply exchanges, they do something very unique. they were in a position that other governors were out. we have a template example of the affordable care act. every state is going to do something different and that is the benefit of being together, having our staff and even having this at lunch. to sitting down and talking about this and other issues. we get a good understanding.
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because they are the cheapest available force. where conditions require enhanced security. this bill gives state additional flexibility to contract guard forces based on the best value rather than the lowest bidder. it means upholding people accountable when an employee exhibits unsatisfactory leadership that has serious security consequences, the secretary must have the ability to act. this bill gives secretary [inaudible question] >> to what extent do you folks believe. greater flexibility in disciplinary action in the future. it authorizes funding for key -- and including embassy security and construction, arabic language training, construction of a foreign affairs security training center to consolidate and expand security training operation for state department personnel. so that instead of piecing together our training at facilities up-and-down the east [inaudible conversations] >> okay, let's answer this. the governor and i got know each other right off the bat. the governors got to know each other and we have an appreciation for it. we converse on labor policy issues, but i was born in colorado springs. i asked how the fires were going and not long after that, i was
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coast, we stream line them in a single facility that can provide comprehensive training more people. lastly the bill requires detailed report from the department on the progress and implementing all of the recommendations made by the accountability review board. specifically requires the identification of and security of high-risk and high threat facilitity. at the end of the day if we fail to act and address these issues at harvard. and i just checked and i really thought that all of this, politics aside, that governor hickenlooper has set the standard for responding on the side of politics and showing absolute compassion on behalf of the people of his state. first and foremost with everyone there will be another incident. a responsibility is ours. and the failure to act will be ours as well. it's a time for solutions. with that, let me turn to my distinguished ranking colleague who has worked with us to have the hearing senator corker for the opening statement. >> thank you, mr. chairman. thank you for your effort to focus on the issue of embassy security, and candidly the way in that state. and then dealing about afterwards. my wife had her appendix out in the middle of the night and john called me read right at the time the tragedy happened and did the same check-in, one of the
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you conduct our efforts here in foreign relations and bipartisan way. it's much appreciated. i want to thank the state department for bringing forth the kind of witnesses that, you ow, carry the weight on this issue that matters to all of us. thank you both for being here. we have a procedural issue occurring at 11:00 that is semi important. i might be stepping in and out on the phone before the net vote. i want to thank for being here. i know, our officers have been benefits was having him be there for me. he was asking how we redoing and how we were holding up. that is really powerful. after the case we looked at it and we saw the similar situations. this includes domestic violence problems. we saw the outcome for that in our case and in our situation. it went beyond this. in contact with you. let me extrees a couple of concerns. .net imagine and we know especially after what happened in libya, it just highlights the threat that they are under. we know the threat are taking place all over the world. i know, that the state department has requested funding for numbers of new facilities that take many, many years to build. yet at the same time i know we terrific individual could use explosives or whatever and we raised some serious questions about this and the response, recognizing there's a bigger issue dealing with the health concerns that go beyond us. it was, untreated mental health, and in one case or another, similar cases, as well as domestic violence issues. that is the path that we saw fit
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have people today where we just came from or general came from that are under a lot of occur res now and candidly, you know, have some security issues. so i do hope as we move along we'll figure out a way to balance between some of the longer term projects that are taking places that are not under very serious threat with some of the short term needs we have. i know, there's some focus on on. that is the path that we chose. every study is unique. >> governor walker is right. it does make a difference in periods like that to have other governors reach out. i can say without question that every governor, almost every governor, in those times that we reached out. it does make a huge difference to us. building a training facilitying with which i know is very companyive and we're aware there's way of doing that training in ways that don't require spending hundreds of billions of dollars to build. i hope we'll move along in a appropriated way. i don't want to rehash the past. i think that chairman knows we have tried to move away from some of the things that happened in the past. i would like for somebody to explain to me at some point we did have the arb. almost every state in our country dramatically over to the cutbacks to mental health and treatment back in the 1980s and 1990s. i hope that we can understand
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i know, we have four employees that were involved in, you know, some reporting on the arbs. they're still on paid leave and nothing has occurred. and i would like at some point understand how we bring closure to that issue, but, again, thank you for being here. thank you for your sf to our country. i hope in a bipartisan way we'll move ahead in a way that certainly does the immediate things that are necessary to make sure that our foreign service officers are safe. that as they deem $20 million a year, we are committed to that. thank you. >> thank you. >> i'm pleased to introduce bill miller. a wls have gregory star, the acting assistant secretary of the diplomatic security service. these two officials sit the an ex nexus of policy management discussion. we look forward to hearing their perspective on the legislation and the best way to secure the embassy and keep the personnel we are talking about half the gun purchases. so we were able to go look at, in 2012 in the state of colorado, do we make a difference? as many of the critics have said, with that they wouldn't go get a background check wasting honest people's time and money. it is pretty well memorized. thirty-eight people were convicted or accused of homicide trying to buy a gun. twenty-three convicted of sexual assault and 620 burglaries, 1300
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as safe as possible. with our thanks, both of you have for being here. we'll begin with your opening statements. your full statements will be included in the record. we ask you to sin these around five minutes or so so we can have member engage in a dialogue . >> thank you, mr. chairman. ranking member corker. i want to thank you for your invitation to appear here before you today to discuss the future of embassy and diplomatic people have been convicted or accused of felony assault and these are all convictions of the judicial process. we have 420 people that had the judicial restraining order against senior girlfriend or wife or partner or husband departed us. they tried to buy a gun. as for people we had 236 individuals were making to pick up their brand-new gun, they had an outstanding warrant for her arrest for violent crime. security. we appreciate and share your commitment to enhanced security. as evidenced in the recently introduced chris steven embassy security and protection act of 2013. the attack on the u.s. diplomatic facility last september and subsequent attacks this year as well, against diplomatic facilities and personnel remind us every day that the world is a dangerous place for diplomacy. unfortunately, this is nothing we are really obscuring what was her primary focus around mental health. but i do think that long-term having background checks, where criminals can get guns and other places and making it harder.
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new. being on the front lines of u.s. national security has always been inherently risky. however, we strive to mitt mitigate this risk to the maximum extent possible. the fact remain we will not even with the most willing and capable government partner as we have in many places around the world we will not stop terrorists or extremists from attacking us in every instance. rather we must carefully balance >> lumber that was intriguing to me is that we had a tragedy in utah. a deranged man went in and killed about seven or eight people. we had a note that mr. redford this risk against the value of pursuing our national interest in these various countries. we have learned some very hard and painful lessons out of benghazi. we are already acting on those lessons. the state department carries on the business of the american government and the people in 284 locations, many in challenging security environments where key u.s. national security interests are at stake. every day the department works himself said at the conference, in kind of a rhetorical fashion, what is this in regards to the kinds of violence, it has become a culture. we are just desensitizing
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to protect our people and missions by constantly assessing threats and security posture overseas. the bureau of diplomatic security advances american interests and foreign policy by protecting people, property, and information. we do this by maintaining a security program that analyze the threat, managing the security situation, and mitigating the risks. everyone with these violent videos and video games. there are background checks of mental health, the violence that we see in life that we just kind of patronize. this is something we ought to be concerned about and if we change that, we would not have these kinds of activities to the volume of extent that we do. they constantly researches, monitor and analyzes threat against american or diplomatic facility and u.s. diplomatic personnel. this information along with trend analysis and case study of political violence, terrorist acts, and crime form the basis of the threat assessment that we use that are provided to department senior managers to support the operational and policy decision making process. from this analysis, we determine ether they be short [inaudible question] >> we think about this with the department of homeland security. we are talking about the significance of the threat this
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term or long-term, should be taken to mitigate the potential threat against our diplomatic asset. from analysis in washington, d.c., monitoring our threat to the regional security officers abroad, managing the security programs at the posts, we strive to provide the most secure platform for conducting american diplomacy. building on the recommendations of the independent benghazi accountability review board, the is really billing on a conversation that we have had. we are talking about states and universities and financial organizations and everyone else. this is really making sure that governors are up to speed and we have people working in the organizations for technology interagency assessment team that were sent out, and our own considerable experience and expertise, the department is diligently working to improve the way we protect our diplomat not only at our highest threat posts but all of our facilities around the world. thank you in large part your support in 2014 continuing resolution, progress is well underway. pursuant to the recommendations of the independent be amo u.s. infrastructure too often the hackers stay one step ahead. we're thinking through the
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foreign affair community personnel to deal with high-threat, and high-risk environment through our foreign affairs cowrpt threat course. we're expanding the duration of ds high threat tactical training courses and incorporating element of the training to the other ds courses so that regardless of a diplomatic security special agent assignment. we have a flexible opportunities to make us more secure. thank you for coming. [applause] >> now the opening session from the national governors association meeting with governors discussing health care costs. this is about an hour and a half. overseas. we're hiring 150 new security professionals and next fiscal year. .. >> welcome to our guests. i have a gavel. i want to call this summer meeting to order. we are talking about the agenda of the next two days. following the education and workforce committee will talk about employment and training services to create jobs. the health and homeland security
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committee will discuss two topics providing for our veterans and homeland security preparedness. saturday's business a gender begins with a joint meeting with the natural resources committee we are talking about corruption. we would begin with a breakfast in business session. i look forward to seeing you at all of these sessions. we are honored today to be joined by several distinguished us from the international community. it is a great honor to recognize the ambassador to the united states from morocco.
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>> i wanted to allow plenty of time to answer your specific questions and i would be glad to take those questions after here for my colleagues. and he will provide his remarks at this point. >> good morning, chairman we welcome the ambassador. thank you for being here. [applause] he is a great guy, he is doing such a wonderful job here and he is also representing the u.s. and air chamber of commerce. we have representatives from the canadian interparliamentary group and the canadian consulate and we ask you to stand and be recognized. thank you. menendez. ranking member bob corker, and distinguished members. we are talking today about embassy security we are talking about the recently introduced bill by embassy security and personal security of 2013. it has been a concern since inception of embassy security >> we appreciate you being here. if i could have a motion for the adoption of the rules of procedure, as you know, under the new policy process that we adopted, policies for two years.
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almost 100 years ago. to counter these global threats come in, the office of the chief special agent was formed in 1916. it was not, however until 1985 at the same time is preparing if anyone has any questions regarding the policies, please see david from the stack. if i could have a motion for the adoption of the rules. any questions? all in favor? >> i want to announce that governor malloy will be here and he will be sharing the 2013 in 2014 nominations. with that, i want to thank the for service to the u.s. government and the mission and vision was part of the team that i particularly wanted to join. in 1987, i became a special agent and since then i have devoted my 26 year career to fulfilling the mission to provide a safe and secure environment for the conduct of foreign policy. host of this year's meeting. i would like to welcome governor walker to come up and please say a few words. [applause] >> thank you. >> thank you for the
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i have manage security programs is a regional security officer in iraq and pakistan and jerusalem and philippines and indonesia. to demonstrate the depth of my experience and not of special agent come i would like to highlight a few of my introduction. we are talking about the incoming leadership and we have had a great team. welcome. welcome from wisconsin. i hope those of you had a good time. and over a number of folks, we have a number of international guests as well. it was actually kind of funny. i think back. accomplishments. i have dealt daily with possible terrorist acts that have impacted the lives of americans to include the kidnapping of americans in the philippines as well as participating in the capture of one of the main perpetrators of the 1993 world trade center bombing. when the united states returned in 2003, i was asked to serve as the first officer and manage the environment as we reestablish our diplomatic presence. most recently overseas i was the turn tendering be arab spring. 1998 was the last time we held an nga conference here in the state of wisconsin. before that it was all the way back to 1914. we came here to milwaukee and we had such a great time. terry branstad came here. i swear he got half the state of iowa last night. but they had a great time. his kids and grandkids and their in-laws and everyone was here. it was so great to see that.
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making to ensure that we have adequate security resources in egypt. after the september 2012 attacks , the department created the diplomatic security secretary of state for high-threat posts, also known as we are glad to have the branstad family here. late in the evening, i think people have consumed enough of the miller products there. i got up and saying, for those of you who left early, you missed out on that. we had a lot of fun and a great htp. the departments are diplomatic missions worldwide. churning which posts are designated as high-threat and high risk and are now 27 posts. time. i think the best outfit other than the jersey that i wore goes to jan brewer. who actually has a brewers jersey. because they have cactus motifs in your state.
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the high-threat protection directive that i lead overseas in these high-threat poster on the world coordinate strategic and operational planning and drive innovation across a broad spectrum of the ds missions and responsibilities and we continue to work together with the regional bureaus to ensure that everyone has visibility of the security threats at her post. as the deputy secretary for htp, i am responsible for mitigating the security threats as well as >> we are trying to live up to the hype of last night. many will be joining into my activity. a vice chair even took lessons and she will be going down as well as other governors here and we will be joined by about a directing resource requirements at high diplomatic missions. i closely follow developments and assess our security posture. half dozen veterans who'll be writing inside cars. it's going to be a wonderful time. we are going to have a wonderful celebration. so this is our way we are going to be at the great lakes and we're going to have a wonderful time there at a museum that is literally on top of the lake
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as you have said, we can never truly eliminate all of the risks facing our dedicated personnel working overseas to advance u.s. interests. however, is the department has set in place the highest priority on the security of our personal and have continued to take the steps necessary i would like to thank you again for the opportunity to appear before the committee today and discuss the itself i know that when it is this activity, we had about half the teams in 1982 out there. it is game seven. thank you all for being here. security. i am available to answer any of your questions. >> thank you both for your testimony. you know, i have heard from some of my colleagues that suggest that what we need is this greater oversight of state but we don't need any money. the question is, can you under the existing budget, with no additional revenues, protect throughout the world the higher dennis and linda, jack is sticking up in door county. we appreciate that. we will figure out that along the way. we appreciate you being here. [applause]
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risk of lives of those who are assigned to the diplomatic corps representing us worldwide. >> senator, thank you for going right to the heart of what is really of importance to us in many ways, giving us the resources to address this. we all know how critical jobs and employment are for the citizens of our state and to our economies. my initiative, which is called a better bottom line. it is about providing policymakers with practical this proposal gives us a proper level of resources that we can utilize effectively now. we have this budget request that rolls both of these pots of ideas and the numbers are staggering. 54 million americans are living with a disability. as governors, we know that when barriers prevent the population
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money into our request as well. i believe that that amount of money gives us the ability to move forward and do the things that we need to do. the second part of that question is as all of us have mentioned, we cannot guarantee that we are going to protect every single person. but that level of funding and resources combined with the types of actions that we are from participating in our workforce, talent is being wasted and our economic competitiveness suffers. we all want to be jobs governors for all the people in our state who once were. we are working to include more people with disabilities in employment throughout the nation taking gives us a level of confidence that we have adequate and appropriate resources to address the types of threats that we need to address we are going to prioritize across the board where we put our resources >> what i am trying to get at is employing people's with disabilities is not just a matter of charity, it is what is in the bottom-line interest of the companies. for them, this is not about shares. it is about doing what is in the best interest of the shareholders. i promised we would be coming up
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that if i zeroed out your account, what would you do? >> well -- >> if i zeroed out, if you didn't roll over this part of the congress, what would you do? >> we would prioritize very heavily. with some very practical things. that governors can do to advance employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities in our states. we have conducted more than 60 meetings with state practitioners to inform this >> understanding the context of security. secondly, if i cut it in half, what would you do? >> i think that that would cause a reassessment of where we could actually put people. i don't think that we would be a able to stay in the high-threat locations where the u.s. national interests are most important. work. and i want to thank the nga staffer doing an outstanding job. it includes business leaders and researchers and policymakers. in february at the nga, you off all join me in hearing from business leaders is why
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this is current funding for the cost sharing program. which the president's fiscal year 14 budget has requested this amount. it wasn't just a number from the sky. it was based upon an analysis from the accountability review board about what your challenges are and what your needs are and what you can realistically administer over a period of time employing people with disabilities is better for the bottom line. in may we hosted, the nga hosted, to state institutes where we drill down so we can help people with disabilities. thirty-three governors sent from a security standpoint, do you have a sense of how many new facilities are needed? particularly in high-threat and high-risk locations? >> sera, within the high-threat list, we have a certain amount of them that have the new facilities. but there are still about 15 facilities that we do not have the post type of buildings. teams to those institutes and we have more than 100 participants at each event. we are talking about vocational rehab and health in budget and finance officers. he sent capable people governor
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there are other places where we don't have those facilities in the past 13 years. daugaard, i would like to thank you for your leadership. there is quite a broad range of perspectives and it made for a very rich discussion. the state teams were able to learn about the best practices, not only from experts in the field, but also from each other. over those 30 years we have constructed these facilities from 1988 through 1982. we are about 110 out of 175 facilities that we would like to replace diligently and have their proper level of standoff that is mandated and have a level of protection that we seek for people overseas. >> let me ask you. they are partnering with walgreens to launch a retail employees with disabilities, it is something you will see in
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what is a security upgrade versus a new facility? >> it is done in many places around the world and we don't have facilities that have setbacks. we cannot retrofit many of our buildings to withstand blasts or direct attack without the ability to move to a new location in the choir sat back and built facility that meets the blast standards. >> where new construction is not an option because of the inability to either secure land walgreens across the country. we are employing people with disabilities. we have heard a lot from things that governors can do internally to make state governments friendly to people with disabilities. we are making this welcoming for people with disabilities. the governor started posting his or find a suitable location or for other reasons, how does the department seek to mitigate less high-threat facilities? >> many of those locations we have withdrawn for our families. we have cut down and moved our staffing levels to only the personal that we absolutely need. we have worked closely with host governments and asked them to closer streets around our embassies that we can try to maintain some setback. video messages with closed captioning. earlier this year governor duke guard recorded a message to state employees encouraging awareness this is part of a statewide focus on culture. he started the video in sign language and it has captions throughout. there is a lot that we governors can do within our state governments. the business plays an important role. we can just not scale back on
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many of them have done that for several years. it also looked was eventually to move our facility so they can reopen the streets. we work closely and training of personnel and then trying to train them with capabilities. the real one where we are really faced with facilities that don't meet security standards, we work with the host government to try to increase our setback and hard in the facilities and make sure that we have only the people this issue. we have have businesses embrace us. so as part of the institute, we have focused on the business perspective and we have heard from business leaders representing all kinds and sizes of business. we do this so we could learn directly from them about how we can support them in hiring people with disabilities. this is a major focus to make sure that we understood from the business perspective. necessary at the post that we need. >> okay, so to recap, money is a consideration here in terms of your ability to say to this committee that we are doing as best as we can to secure our people around the globe. >> i cannot say it better. in pittsburgh we visited hi mark, a major health insurance provider and bank of america, as well as a disability owned can contend firm in pittsburgh. all participating on that panel. we were hosted by microsoft. executives from nordstrom and a firm called inside. it is powerful. powerful to hear from the business leaders.
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>> finally when when when we look at him and his deconstruction, i understand it is prioritized on the basis of securities. is that a correct statement or an incorrect statement? >> the primary driver is security. we provide a list of the highest priorities. within that list, as we understand it, obtaining real estate and property deals in and building facilities are long-range and very difficult. we have certain flexibility, but we have reinforced most recently employing them is for the better of the bottom-line. i asked some panels to focus on the question that is very simple. what can states do to make businesses more likely to hire people with disabilities their answers revealed some common themes and implications for state policymakers. that we want them to really look at the highest threat posed on the high-threat list and determine whether or not we can make significant progress on them. i can give you one example, sir. after 30 years of trying to find land for a new facility to start the construction, we believe we are going to be successful next couple in the next couple of years. and it looks like we have a land deal and it looks like we will be able to actually replace facility in beirut that we have i want to take away three things from the business panels. skills are at the top of the list. businesses don't care about the disabilities. they care about the abilities. the state has partnered with a regional firm and an international organization that started in denmark. it is dedicated to employment of individuals with autism.
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been trying to replace for many years. >> good. for those of us that are not acronym profession, what does it mean? >> the office of overseas building. >> thank you both for coming here. when we have a hearing come in the first hearing with the leadership that put forth this and immediately they were they have committed to hire people who have autism for more than 3% of their consulting work force. because they recognize that these individuals are especially qualified for technology roles like software testing and data quality and data mining and data entry. as states, we can help educate talking about this, it seemed like whenever there was a problem, that was the first place that we would go. i understand that we may need to look at that. at the same time as we look at the plans, i know you currently have 1.4 billion and you have asked for 800 million more. and i see that we are spending a huge amount of money on facilities. even in places where we have and prepare workers for a range of disabilities to meet these skills that are needed by her businesses. we are talking about how it works for business and i have a favor to ask you. can you please find a job for these five people. we have to change our mindset.
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construction underway. the new embassy won't be ready for another six years. at the same time, this is a lot of money that is being spent in places and apparently security issues are not necessarily urgent like we haven't some of the places that i mentioned earlier, in pakistan and sudan. it seems to me that from the standpoint of the immediate security issues that are personnel has, and all of us, including you wanting them to be safe, our priorities are not aligned with what it is we are and instead we have to be business partners to these businesses and these businesses are looking for talented people. oftentimes they are looking to our department of labor to help them find talented people and we really have to make sure that we are offering to help solve the challenges they face in finding people with particular skills with abilities instead of focusing on the disabilities. number three is businesses want to hear from other businesses. hoping to do for the outstanding foreign service officers. and i wish that we could just respond to that. >> sir, i appreciate the point you are making. in many ways on an everyday basis we are trying to address the immediate security concerns through programs like increased training. lessons that we learned from benghazi, like how do we they told us very clearly that businesses are more likely to employ people with disabilities when they know that another business in the private sector is already doing this. one of the things that we as governors can do is bring business leaders together to talk about these topics so they can hear from each other in so they can learn from each other. the insight from the business panelists at these institutes reinforce the same things we have heard from businesses.
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increase safety awareness and how we provide do we provide countermeasures to fire this as a weapon. and in those places where we can't get new facilities, we are doing security upgrades to the best that we can. but i think it is clear that while we are doing the immediate and short-term needs that we need to be addressing, we are also asking for the ability to address the long-term needs so that as we move forward in the future, we put ourselves overall we can respond to that of vice and we can support businesses better in the future. supporting businesses is one of the five practical things that governments can do to advance opportunities for individuals with disabilities in our states. together these five recommendations that have surfaced over the last year include make employing people in a better position. in 1997, our embassies in nairobi were rated as low threat posts. we did not know that we were going to be seeing the phenomenon of terrorism working outside of the small lilies post that we are mostly concerned with. today we know that global terrorism is a worldwide with disabilities part of the broader strategies. changing the mindset. so it's not about asking a favor. the thing that we know that you are understanding that you are looking for people with particular skills and we will help you find them. number two is defined in support businesses who hire with disabilities and number three, it's a lot easier for us to go to businesses and tell them that this is something that they ought to consider when we, as states, our model employees ourselves. there's a lot of things we can do to put people to work in the
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phenomenon. we did not foresee the problems we face middle east. our best answer on a long-term basis is while we are addressing the short-term immediate heat that we have to for our personnel and their safety, it is also to address the long-term needs that we put ourselves overall in this position. when we look at our facilities states. number three is we must do a lot better job of preparing people for life expectation of work rather than a lifetime on public benefit. that is right within our control. from a vulnerability standpoint back in 2000, we looked added and said we need 175 new facilities. the facility and also does not have any setback or resistance. it provides a very low level of safety for our personnel. i hope to be able to replace this in countries like that as we go along for the future. we are talking up his resources we can tap into. we have designed the meeting agendas around these topics. as a result of these institutes, the state teams are hard at work implementing some of the best practices. we have already heard that many of you are working to integrate people with disabilities as part of your overall state workforce strategy. which is fantastic. i've also heard that states are
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>> it is a combination of both. but certainly, our immediate issues come first. we set up a combined military team to look at our highest threat level post in the aftermath of benghazi. we have dedicated an immense amount of resources to upgrade this even further well will have focusing on businesses to give people a shot. one of my biggest takeaways is that governors can play this important role of bringing together business businesses so they can talk to each other. it is very powerful for businesses to hear from each other. i've heard this from a number of states. governor branstad was just telling me that he is planning on pulling together the individuals on this issue and i understand it was a big success. on the high-threat list and we continue to do that. >> what about the training facility? i have received some calls from folks and other senators. training now takes place in facilities that are already built and i have not visited them personally. you can share with me her own experiences. but why would we go ahead at a time when we need capital to deal with some of the longer we have to walk the walk. we are working on this strategic approach and take a effort from version 1.0 to version 2.0.
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term needs that you're talking about. why would we be expending so much money to build a new training facility and apparently those needs are being taken care of in another existing facility? >> thank you for that question, senator. this is a question that is very close to my heart. we are currently using a leased facility that is on weekends a racetrack facility in west another option is the executive order that has been signed since this individual has been in office. he actually signed it in the meeting out there. employing people to increase the number of people employed by his state government. for more ideas about things that can be done in the states, i encourage you to take a look at the final publication of the initiative and our blueprint. right here and everyone should have this at their seats. it is full of a lot of really virginia. we use it five days a week. we can train approximately 2500 foreign service officers a year. the types of training not for dh tsa agents like on myself but for regular service officers. we give them high speed training and driving the vehicles, we give them training in basic firearms training. we expose them to explosives so good ideas and practical. please don't let this be another report that sits on the shelf someplace. we can really move the noodle on this issue. we certainly appreciate the support as i mentioned, governor
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that the first time that they hear a bomb going off, they can understand that if they have survived it, what their next responsibility ends. to deal with themselves and others. this level of training we have found through the years has definitely saved lives overseas and prepared our people to serve in the environments we are sending them. regretfully the 2300 people that i train per year does not come close and doesn't even meet the daugaard came out washington state i was wondering if you'd be willing to take time to share your insights on this topic. >> sure, thank you. we are employing people with disabilities. number of people that we have at our high-threat posts alone. we have a certain number of high-threat post where we can only give our people before our the four hour online course to say please take this course. so that the capacity of the current facility that we are leasing cannot meet our training needs. our long-term goal, given where we are putting people overseas is to train every single foreign service officer every five years a better bottom line is something we can sell to our employers and ourselves. especially if you look at those who need a hand. it is not just helping those near him, but helping all of us, ourselves what our citizens with disabilities. both of my parents were born deaf and i came to this initiative knowing that because of my parents that many individuals who have a disability know more about hard
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on the types of hard skills security training that we believe foreign service officers need and in many cases their adult family members as well in the current facility does not meet our requirements and doesn't even meet our highest threat level requirements and at some point it may not be available to us. work and perseverance and determination than those without disabilities. those with disabilities have to have determination and perseverance. they have to overcome obstacles and challenges that most of us cannot even imagine. i also know that the majority of people want to be employed. we want to feel the dignity of taking care of ourselves and no one likes to feel dependent on we believe that that will give us the ability in addition to hardening our facilities, training or people before they >> you require people in the others if they can support themselves. whatever knowledge and skills they do process is very important they want to be seen for their abilities and not their disabilities. this effort was strengthened and i was fortunate to reinforce the
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state department to execute this. >> i know we have had a situation. we had for personnel and for people that have been put on leave and are still being paid. belief that i have that people with disabilities have a lot to offer. it's not just employing them in workshop environment. that can be part of it for some who are not otherwise employed. but for many citizens, it is really cheating them to be out in the workforce with the rest of us doing what we all do to for what it is worth, it does feel that there is a degree of a lack of accountability. i'm just wondering if you might address that also. we build great facilities. but if people don't execute them and there is not that accountability, people are in situations that they shouldn't be in. could you address that issue for us today? >> yes, sir. thank you for the question. make our society work. and what i learned was how much more we can do to help tap is incredibly underutilized resource. and by doing so what a difference it can make. the economy is doing very well. jack and i joke.
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i think that my first answer would be that bill miller is sitting next to me and my coming back after four years at the united nations, there is nobody that takes its responsibility more seriously than we do. the people that we manage in the agents that we train, the engineers and the people that we we just talked about how south dakota has the second lowest unemployment rate in the nation. it is great because it shows the economy is doing well. so where are we going to find people that we need as we expand and add jobs? and here is one answer to that have in diplomatic security are dedicated. they are ready to give their lives to protecting our people overseas. i understand that there are still questions about the four individuals. i was not here at the time.do question. citizens with disabilities can be one answer to that question and how much more important was in my state were workers are in short supply to make use of every citizen that wants to work, whether they have a disability or not. we cannot afford to leave one person out of the workforce. i also learned through this initiative that there are numerous private businesses that are far ahead of state government and employing citizens would disabilities.
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the foreign service. it is my clear understanding that this entire issue is at the secretary of state's level. but he is getting recommendations on how to deal with this and he will finally make the decision on what will be the outcome with the four people there. i will tell you that i have worked with many of these individuals very closely. these are people that have given i also learned through this initiative that i need to and can do more to ensure that every person in south dakota who wants to be employed with a disability is employed. their careers to diplomatic security as well and the security of the department and i have a great deal of admiration. so i think that all through the years we have had multiple we ensure that state government is setting the example. we set this to private industry when we haven't done it ourselves and the first thing we need to do is make sure that state government is setting an example. governor markel put it in the
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attacks in yemen and afghanistan and iraq, those people performed admirably and it is my hope that their entire career is not guided by one single action. so we will do whatever the responsibility calls for. >> i thank you. i would just say that i don't think anybody here is on a witch blueprint that is at each of our seats here. we can get together, the business community, state agencies, people with disabilities and advocates in south dakota or in our own states. it is really a way to help employers see the way to make that happen for them. i encourage you all to do something like that. hunt. i could not pick these out of line out. i do think it is important for the situation, it is stated that these people made mistakes that shouldn't have been made i think the response and the secretary legislators and private providers of services to citizens and cabinet secretaries from five our state agencies. their job is to develop recommendations are going to be drawn from this blueprint.
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of state was dealing with this quickly. because it has been a long time. but i think you and i look forward to working with you and the chairman. >> thank you, senator. because i take this obligation very seriously. at least to the extent that i can. i am not going to have anyone exposed and that risk as a result of inaction by the we are hoping to be a leader and follow the blueprints and take the ideas where they are found in some of your states. to adapt them to the south dakota situation. i just want to say thanks again to governor markell for this initiative. committee. so i am going to at times engage in a follow up so that we have a sequential record that makes the facts and sides. there are two things that senator corker said. i want to get a little bit of clarity, so i will talk about this. immediate needs versus long-term needs and he responded you are working on immediate needs. of course the immediately means to the extent that you can when i have to admit, when i saw this as the initiative, governor markell, you have done such a good job to opening my eyes. i should've been one of those that had your eyes wide open. i think you for making this your initiative.
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mitigate this. because if you don't have a setback, you're not going to be able to mitigate that fully. so you have this and if you don't have a setback and you're talking about this, it's like, okay, this has limited capabilities. so when you say in the balance between what some may view as the long-term, which he described as hopefully getting the report is not going to sit on my shelf. make you. [applause] to a point in which all of our locations are is best protected as we could envision today regardless of where they are located in the world, because we don't know where the next high risk posts will be in the movement of a terrorist activity will take place. then we will all regret that we didn't think that also meant that much, by way of example. an example. so when you say your mitigate >> i just wanted to share that this was your idea from the very beginning. we were not quite sure what to think. we have many that are familiar. so we went along with you. this is awards from the council
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them. i would like the record to reflect this. what are you mitigating in the short term. what are you capable of mitigating in the short term if you have an embassy or other site that is not fully mitigated to the specification of what you and the congress have provided them with a secure location. >> what we can mitigate his first a function of what the analysis in terms of the threat administrators and i thought that it was right on that first. it is the champion of equal opportunity. i just wanted to say from us but it has been a pleasure working for you and it's always good when you are that active. you were there from the beginning. >> i want to thank the nga staff for doing an excellent job. and overall situation of the country tells us. in a place like oslo today, we have a full functioning staff and a fully functioning embassy despite the fact that we don't have a setback for a secure facility. the reason we can do that is so that we have excellent cooperation from the government and we do not have information that we are running a high risk >> we now turn our attention to health care. our keynote speaker is jeffrey benner. he is based in new jersey and is the founder and executive director and is a family physician and has been in opposition for 11 years.
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and we are working on everything every single day. but to give you an ey single da. but to give you an example, it is quite a robust facility. when the situation changed dramatically in cairo and when we saw specifically how this worked and how we had evacuated we are talking about more coordinated and lower cost interventions into the governor's we just had a conversation about this. i think that we will be very impressed by many of the insights that the doctor has to offer. he owned a private practice and ordered departure, we have moved out all the families and all nonemergency personnel. these are the types of things we can do to mitigate threats where we don't have a facility that necessarily meets the highest level of standards. there are things we can do as far as blocking off streets. he has experience. they have scheduling as well as first-hand knowledge on this. he is now serving full-time till the executive director he spends a lot of time he is advocating with the models of care he is
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>> is this to the extent that you can mitigate something in the immediate term? working to assist and develop these kinds of interventions. to reach the holy grail of improving care doctor brennan. [applause] if we don't have all of the other elements that are in play for this fully secured facility. >> exactly, yes, sir. >> okay. that gives us a little balance as to what the media versus long-term beds. >> i read the recommendation number 23 that said that the i have been a provider for my entire career the costs keep going up, as all of you know, medicaid is collaborating with these lower costs, not just with
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findings of unsatisfactory leadership performance in relation to the security incident under review should be part of department regulations. under the existing statutory authority there are limitations. what is the point you have to have in order to discipline medicaid and medicare, and in some ways the problem is a problem of success. we can do incredible things for people. many of us will pull strings to someone i need to look at section 203 of the legislation that i promoted. one that i believe satisfies the recommendation in that regard, which would then give the secretary the authority to fire individuals who have exhibited unsatisfactory leadership and relationship to a security incident. do you believe that section would give the secretary that ability? >> yes, sir, i do. get works or family can navigate through the delivery system. >> i work in camden, new jersey. one of the poorest cities in the country. no one is fighting me over more market share.
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i believe it's important to give that additional flexibility and i think that helps us. >> thank you for your input. >> thank you, mr. chairman. let me just concur with your observation. we have very important responsibilities. we appreciate the witnesses that are here. it is our responsibility to review the steps that have been taken under the authority and resources that you have. but we also have a responsibility to make sure that tools are available for embassy security. one individual is a medicaid patient who was diagnosed with shortness of breath and had six trips to the hospital going over and over again. she lives on a ventilator and she has a hole in her neck. she is hooked up to a that is a responsibility and the appropriations committee has a responsibility with this and i want to applaud the chairman. i think that gives us a way to make sure that you have the adequate tools in order to manage security of our embassies and the chairman's follow-up questions underscored some of those issues. i thank you very much, mr. chairman, for your ventilator. this is time along the bottom, each of the red lines is a trip to the hospital. the height of the line is the link that state. yet it took state in the hospital stay, week later for a stake him out for a little bit and than back in for 10 days in 11 days. back in for four years. beginning to work for her.
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leadership on this issue and also recognizing the dual responsibility that we have on our site and to make sure that the tools and resources are available. >> i have had the opportunity to visit many of our u.s. embassies. it's a common theme when you are able to talk frankly with the embassy personnel and there is always concerns about the she had $95,000 in payments just for her hospital care. she had 55 total stays. let me introduce you to her. facilities that we could be better. i know that you did the review several years ago in the list that was compiled several years ago and the progress we have made. i expect that this is updated and et cetera. but is it time for us to do another evaluation globally of our facilities, recognizing that circumstances have changed? i personally believe that we need to do a better job. she worked with us for 90 days. we meet patient's right at the bedside and we say, i bet you don't want to be here anymore. most of the patients say absolutely, i'm sick of the hospital. and then we follow them out of the hospital. we visit their homes. we go with them to the primary care office and the specialty office. we have a tremendous amount of
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this is an important ally and friend. and i understand that it's not a high-risk high risk area. based on the security needs as well as the factors that are important. and many embassies around the world, the united states does not have the combination of space and efficiency and security that is ideal for us to carry out our mission. >> sir, i believe that that is an accurate statement. work. the two young people that you see here volunteers that work with us for a year we have people navigating our incredibly complex challenges in the health it is, in many cases more than just security. but certainly this is an overriding factor at this point. in many cases we don't have the space or facilities that we need. when we build new facilities the primary response is overseas building. care system we are going to the long-term care unit for her and then we are helping her form a care team with your primary care provider.
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we have many other agencies as well it is a combination of and jessamine back to the hospital yet. not everyone can live in the city and have three square meals. but for many patients they don't want to be in hospital and our current system ignores them and 25% of our elderly medicare patients are readmitted to the hospital within 30 days. that is an absolute failure to our seniors. these choices. we have another 75 or so buildings. >> yes, we have a way to give an updated and realistic inventory we are meeting the challenge is. i really do applaud secretary clinton for recognizing the importance to our nationalions they need to have the resources and able to be able to carry this is just a story of poverty, this is a middle-class moment. and she was in a hospital that that is part of a high five hospital system. since 1996 this patient had 192
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that out in a safe manner and efficient manner. and i just think that we could use a better blueprint than one was developed fiber six or seven years ago. >> senator, i will take that back. the office would probably be willing to come up with any of your staff to give you the information you would like. >> i appreciate that. >> what the want of a second issue on security. that is the competence and support that we get from the local government. admissions, 147 cat scans and 73 cat scans of the head. we are beginning to talk about that is evaluated as part of the security mission that you have to undertake. can you just briefly outline how that is taken into effect. how those factors are taken into the equation on security needs. going more and more often. we don't have a system to meet their needs. there are many medicaid offices in the city of camden. in many all over the country.
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>> i was beginning to feel a little bit like that. we are talking about these teams as we go about assessing the various missions, 19 missions we expanded the size of the emergency rooms. this is business intelligence from the local hospitals so this until the and felt that we were almost horrible at that time. we have to roll them into this. we have to string together late if we are weak on one leg. that is our ability to be have is very rare to be able to poke what is called an all paid data set together. we have the ability to analyze this data. someone went 113 times in one ear and we the public have spent $108 million a year for camden residents, a city of 79,000
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to be able to mitigate that by strengthening this. that includes the cadre to work with the host nation and political counterparts to ensure that they would've to their responsibilities, just as we do care for them in the united states. it is something that we try to address. we try to address it through other bilateral training programs at of the u.s. people to go over and over and over to the hospital. we are spending twice as much as every other country in the health care system. but i don't believe we are getting our money's worth to spend twice as much. but i can't get around my government provides to help to bolster capabilities and hopefully build up to the point where we can trust, as we do in most places, the ability to secure us. >> is making one observation, i would hope that we engage the political apparatus of our country. can you update us as to how that numbers. for 1% of that for a million dollars you could buy five of me. there is only 15 primary care offices in camden we are talking about we are talking about how we can take care people and the market has responded.
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is being implemented with the capacity with the local language? >> certainly, this applies primarily to the capacity for arabic language skills. the foreign service institute has been working diligently with the rest of the department to include the security to assess what the requirements are. the market has responded if you overpay for something you will get too much of it. and you will eventually get a bubble of hospital beds and technical capacity of specialists and will destroy the other part of the market. the most expensive in camden had we are giving those skills with the opportunity to acquire those skills for the special agents a chance in such a way that they would be able to work in an emergency situation. realizing it is a long-term process that allows them to converse proficiently in that process can be upwards of two years for someone like myself. 3.5%. ..
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>> thank you, mr. chairman. >> i apologize if this has been discussed many times with regard to legislation that has been we were paying ten to twenty times more if they were seen in a setting. if you pay too much for something, you'll get too much of it. that's what is happening in the health care system. the bulk of patients using emergency rooms in america introduced. assuming that legislation were in place and implemented. would it have affected the outcome in benghazi simply because it wasn't embassy or even a conflict. would it have made a difference there in your opinion? >> benghazi was not a threat level that we should have reprioritize what we were doing with our existing capabilities.
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i think the chairman for introducing this legislation and it will help us on a number of different fronts. but i'm not going to sit here and tell you that the tragedy and that ghazi could've been avoided had we had this legislation. i think that that was a question that we did not understand in a situation that we were in and perhaps we should've made a decision to evacuate that post earlier. but we very much appreciate this legislation and it will help us in many ways and it will strengthen our capability to stay in place where the threats are greater. but i'm not going to talk about benghazi on the lack of this legislation. >> benghazi was a particular situation given the makeup and the particular situation.
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ifmy first hearing as a senator was the one with clinton. it was a memorable one. i'll never forget the first hearing. i reviewed the arb in advance of the hearing to prepare, and mr. chairman, i imagine you know this. there are so many recommendations you fix upon a couple. one was the recommendation about the expansion of the marine security guard program program. the second was the recommendation about training of our state department personnel. in the packet of materials we were given for the hearing, thrfsz a "new york times" graphic where there was a summary may 20th how far we are along in the -- and there's a spectrum in each
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of these various recommends from basically not started to completed, and in each of the recommendations there's sort of a "new york times" assessment where we are. the marine security guard is lower than the midpoint. lowest one, the most not near not even started yet is the recommendation about to improve the training of employees heading to post and expand the number of post where the additional security training is required. you talk about the issue in response questioning from senator corker about the need for the training facility for state department employees. we have met about this previously, and the chairman's proposed legislation addresses this. just to give us some history for everyone here, the state department began trying to find the training facility to replace the racetrack that was used during the week about four years ago. they began this long before benghazi, long before the arb.
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and there has been a four-year effort that considered 80 different site for the training facility, and it eventually dwindled down. some communities didn't want it. with a particular requirement largely to involve a facility that would be close to synergy with the marine security guard and others it dwindled down and there was a preference for expanding this program at guard pace fort picket. that was basically the performance that we were moving toward before benghazi.
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in april there was another letter that suggested it was delayed largely because of an inquiry from the omb about whether or not we can maybe do this a half version or a knock off version at some other facility. i gather there's been some exploration at the existing facility in georgia that wouldn't have the synergy with the marine security guard program with the other intelligence agency which whom our department of state staff worked. i think the process moving forward before benghazi and the arb to require this training capacity is now after benghazi and after the arb being thrown in to a question mark status. it would be ironic, -- that's the wrong word. it would be tragic if a process that was moving toward better training optimizing training for secretary of states -- department of state staff before
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benghazi and the arb would be now slowed down, watered down, diluted after we know what we know as a result of those horrible incidents on september 11th, 2013. what i would like to ask, what i would like to ask you is from the state department's standpoint, is it still your professional belief that the site was identified by the department of state at fort pick set the most consistent with the desire to increase training and the consistent with the arb recommendation that was forward to the committee. >> thank you for your question. >> the answer is simple, yes, sir. we still believe that the site gives us the best ability to train the number of personnel that we need to train to incorporate our partners in the
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various other u.s. government agencies that are critical to our training in to that training to build the synergy we are our own foreign service substitute. yes, sir, we still believe that is the best answer. >> mr. miller, from your standpoint? >> i can only echo what about it secretary star said. we have to have the sirn gi in order to develop the relationship with our training partner as well as the students going through. and we both can give you number use examples of examples opportunity that foreign affairses officers have had to participate in actual life saving events where they have been benefited from the training they had the racetrack that served us well throughout my career. we have do better. if we can do better we absolutely have top. we are talking about people's
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lives. >> thank you. i have no other questions. >> senator barlow rays sew. it's critically important to me the accountability review board knead clear that didn't get the mission in benghazi that they needed to ensure their security. so i just want to make sure we're learning from those failures and implementing real reform. with regard to risk mitigation. i understand we must accept a certain amount of risk to operate in areas like benghazi. the accountability review board stated milk rate gracious involved two impartive. engagement and security. it requires wise leadership, intelligence, proper defense and downsizing indirect access, they say, even withdrawal. what are the factors that the democrat -- department of state whether a location is too dangerous to support a diplomatic presence. mr. miller? >> thank you, senator.
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we look at three basic questions. the host nation's capability and willingness i said earlier. we look at the current threat stream. we my forward with the diplomatsic engagement. we have to assess the options which you addressed. >> okay. are there posts currently you identified as needing to be downsized or closed? >> i can point back to it which we evacuated late last fall. late december. we're constantly evacuating -- evaluating other posts as a good example as our u.s. embassy in cairo over the past month as they've gone through the large disturbances not only in cairo
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but throughout the country. so it's a constant evaluative process we go through and assess then what our next steps may possibly be. >> can i ask about the inspector general's audit of june 30th came out in 2013. released the audit of compliance with physical and procedural security standard that select high-threat level post. i'm concerned it's been ten months since the terrorist attacks in benghazi. the inspector general found the high threat level posts are failing to comply with security standards. i don't know if you have seen the audit yet. can you explain to the committee why the problems are happening, and what the plan and timeline is for remedying these issues? >> i think it's important we point out the defenses from the -- differences from the office of the inspector general. i think it's important to note the risk that i'm responsible of
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leading and supervisorring the management of the program. i don't believe they visited any posts. when they're referring to high-threat, that is a very often-used and not well defined term. so as they look at the various recommendations, it should be parsed very carefully when we look at the post for which i'm responsible. i will say that we are continuing to work with the oig to address their concerns. we want to ensure that our people do have the best possible protection, and we value the oig's perspective. but an diplomat security is working with them to find common ground. >> thank you for their clarification. thank you, mr. chairman. >> thank you. let me thank both of our witnesses, not just for your testimony, but for the incredible service you are providing our country as you stream -- extremely difficult times. obviously, these are very
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important responsibilities on the safety of our personnel. so we thank you very much. we also appreciate your willingness to work with this democratic national committee. there's been a lot been a lot of questions ask that i tink will invol uoing together to make sure we have safe facility and personnel in place. we have responsibility not only oversight and our partner and we look forward to working with you to protect the dedicated men and women who serve our nation and foreign posts around the world. with that, the committee will stand adjourned. [inaudible conversations] it was a temporary facility, and that the security policy board standards for facilities applied to all facilities including temporary facilities. in a report that the arb issued, of a state department noted it would reissue this long
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established policy to all posts by january of this year. do you know if it was reissued? >> i believe it was january 23rd. >> okay. how are the overseas security policy boards standards enforced at temporary facilities? >> sir, when we move back in to a country. really where we're going experience temporary facilities. one of the thing we have to do is determine what our presence will be and have to determine what facilities are available and whether or not we can balance the need versus the safety. part of the process is looking at what facilities are available, what will cost to do those facilities, and whether or not we have the ability to do it. we are current will i not in somalia. we we send temporary duty personnel to somalia.
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because we don't have a facility that we think could meet our requirement at the moment. i think that's the best judgment question give you. we are very vocal and clear when we say we don't have an answer that can meet the security requirements. we are concerned about places like do ma. we only allow temporary-duty travel in. we are working with closely with the u.n. we don't have a nailt -- nailt facility to meet our needs. we use the integrated planning cells to determine what we need to have. we have to make a determination whether we have the internal resources to meet the needs or have to come congress to supplement to do it. we have develop certain new tools to help us. one of the things we learned out of iraq where we had many, many people in trailers in many
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places and take the trailers where we put sandbags around them. we put overhead cover and walls around them. we developed something called a trailer system which is a highly blast resistance bullet-proof trailer at the point that provides a high degree of overhead protection build in. we are trying to develop new tools that give us reasonably safe and secure accommodations and even officers in the temporary-type situations. >> let me go part b of the particular benghazi-typeset of circumstances. that is an instances where a facility is shared, or used principally by u.s. government agency other the department of state, how does the interagency process address security needs at that facility? who takes the lead? >> the individualbe responsible for upgrading the facility, but it's still upgrading to the osp overseas
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security policy board standards. if they don't meet the standards they go through the same waiver and exception processes. >> very good. now, i want, for the record's purposes,. until now, correct me if i'm wrong, but the marine guard attachment to embassies was in essence for the security of sensitive and classified documents. is that correct? >> that is essentially correct, sir. the staffing level of we were putting in facilities was essentially to meet that requirement. >> most people see the marine
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guard, i think even members of congress when they visited abroad and thought that somehow they were about protecting the embassy, the personnel, and whatever else including documents was in there. that wasn't the core focus. the core focus until a new recent agreement was to give the time should an embassy overrun for the purpose of being able to deal with classified documents. is that a fair statement? >> that's correct, sir. >> now as i understand that, the high threat post there's an additional mandate or responsibility that we have asked the marines to performance; is that correct? >> yes, sir. >> what would that be? >> we have renegotiated the them memorandum and clearly emphasized that our new mandate
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is equal protection for our personnel and our facilities in our embassies while protecting classified information. sir, if i may. >> yes. >> even when we had the smaller numbers assigned to the detach. in many cases six or seven marine. the primary responsibility was protection of classified information. there wasn't anybody that understand as an extremist the job was to protect the people. we were not staffing with enough marines necessarily to take on that role. what we're working with the marine corps. is in particularly in the high-threat location to increase the numbers of marines at each of one of those posts so they are better capable of doing the defense portion as well. >> i appreciate you expounding upon that. it didn't suggest that marines will standby and see people killed. certainly there was no staffing
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level to be able to accomplish that. particularly high-threat posts. >> is the new marine understanding that come together with the state department on high threat post or globally? the memorandum agreement is global. the reality is we are concentrating on our highest threat on increasing our marine staffing at those locations. >> okay. then finally, i want to get to host government capacity. they found in that in the libyan government's response to be profoundly lacking on the night of the attack. a it relies on the host government capacity as well as their will. those are two critically important. you have the will be now the the capacity. have the capacity but not the
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will. they both need to be there. so as we look beyond libya, and we're looking now globally, how do you assess these variables? how do you quantify them how do these determinations go to your overall security assessment? is the provision we have included in the legislation, which deals with the question not of lowest cost, but the best cost for performance as well to give you the flexibility particularly in places where that will be critical to security a desire to flexibility . i know there are multiple questions in there. >> let me take the last part of that and turn bill on part of this. on the contracting, sir, we believe that it is critical and we thank you very much for
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recognizing that situations and almost all of our posts are pretty different and certain cases where we don't have perhaps the level of support because of the willingness or capability from the host government. situations may arise where the idea of lowest cost technically acceptable contracting is not going give us the guard force that we think that we could get if we had another instrument to contract with. we want to thank you. we believe that adding this capability where we believe it increase significantly it give us a tool to do that, sir. i think it's an important step that allows us address some of the inherit capability where we don't necessarily have the level of support from our host government we would like.
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>> how do you assess the host government's ability, willingness, what -- how to you quantify it? how do you make those determinations to factor in your overall security assessment? >> to some extent, it's a subjective call. but we quantify as much as we possibly can through our various partners with us at the embassy who help to assist the training that the host services have received. historically in many posts we have a relationship that gone back for a number of decades. question quantify then what our expectations should be and how well they can live up to the expectations. in some instances because of recent instability, the expectations has been nullified. it's matter of us in taking the opportunity, as i said in my opening statement go to extraordinary issues which are standard. in those instances of the best value contracting gives us the
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opportunity to achieve a level of competence with our local guard forces we wouldn't necessarily be able to achieve with the host nation services. >> mr. chairman, if i may, i think we can quantify the capability pretty well by working closely with the defense colleague or intelligence colleague or our own security staff. we can see pretty well and make a pretty good determination of the capability of the host government. much more subjective is the question of what is the particular willingness at the time, and we are much more sensitive the entire department is to having a better analysis capability and having our political officers and ambassadors really weighing in on what is the particular host government desire to help us and particular time. there's certain places where we can have a great deal of willingness on a tuesday afternoon and in some cases by
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friday afternoon it may not be there. i think it's part of the dill problem. it's part of our solution. our security personnel, bill, and i, and others to work closely with the regional bureaux and with our ambassadors. and -- >> i have one final question. it's on the question of intelligence, and it's use integration to your able. analysis. looking at changing events, which might indicate a different threat level that we may not have tradition -- in the new paradigm in which we live in. which unfortunately requires us to think outside the box. you know, the terrorists have to get -- we have to get right 100% of the time. that's a tough challenge. that's our challenge. how are you integrating the use
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of intelligence in are you receiving the flow of information that is essential, i would think, for you to continue to make a analysis on in real time ongoing basis so you can adjust accordingly where you need to. >> yes, sir, the relationship across the spectrum of intelligence community and us has broadened and deepened. we have officers that from other agencies that are working with us at our desks and our offices now. the level of coordination that goes on in term of discussion of threats is deeper and wider and held both at the working level at the national security staff level. the coordination we have with our regional bureau is now --
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every weekday morning, saturday and sunday if necessary we look at the threat that come in most recently. in the same meetings we have representative from the regional bureau of the department of state. we are linking up the political with the intelligence that is coming in. if i can say one thing, sir, one major strategic lesson that came out of benghazi. one of the observations of the arb was that there was no specific intelligence in benghazi to indicate there was a threat. and i think it -- you can lull yourself in to a position where there's no specific intelligence. you say we must be okay. i think one of the major changes that has happened we're much more aware of the larger atmospheric in these countries, the prelim, the social, what is going on in term of web activity, social networking. trying to keep abreast what we
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see is going on in that country in addition to whether or not we have specific intelligence threats is a much deeper, much broader effort than we've had before as women. so i think both sides. it's the intelligence side that is deeper, broader, and more important to us. it's also keeping much more abreast behalf is really happening in that location and melding the two in to our decision making and what we do as a recommendation further in the department. >> and when you say that your use or access or universe of intelligence is deeper and wider. are you referring to the deeper and wider as post benghazi? >> yes. >> all right. with that, seeing no other member with the committee. the thank for the committee for the service and the men and women who serve under you in protecting our diplomat ises aprocess.
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we have thanks of the committee. we look forward to a continuing engagement with you as we try to move it forward. the record will remain open to the close of business tomorrow. with that, the hearing is truly adjourned. >> the state department released a warning that read the. it could include official and private interested in the region. commenting on the news was house minority leader knapp in the weekly legislative briefing. here's what she had to say to reporter. >> i am wondering for you have
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been briefed on the reason why e embassy are going to be closed this sunday, and now there's a worldwide travel alert through the entire month of august. what is your understanding of the threat, have you been briefed? should americans be overly concerned about security right now? >> [inaudible] on the subject. my staff was at that briefing, and they briefed me as to what the basis of it is, yes, we have been briefed. and now that it's in the public domain that the embassy will be closed, and there's a travel alert for americans traveling you with watch the briefing in the video library. go to c-span.org. this weekend on c span, live
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coverage of the national governor's association annual summer meeting in milwaukee, wisconsin. they discuss infrastructure and the global economy. booktv in-depth. your question for author and head of peed -- peedpediatric neurosurgery. the national negotiation's association kicked off the three-day summer long meeting meeting in milwaukee. it allows governors to participate in a series of sessions focused on national and state issues. next the opening press conference from today's event beginning with republican governor scott walker of wisconsin. >> good morning.
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glad to have you here in milwaukee, wisconsin. thank you for joining us for the morning press conference. i'm going give a brief opening and turn it over to jack. in addition to governor from delaware we are joined by governor fallon, who is the vice chair for oklahoma, and will be the incoming chair on sunday. and two other fellow member of the executive committee, her we herbert the governor from utah who hosted this two years ago in salt lake city and park city. governor john hickenlooper here from colorado. looking ghood a tie. i like that. who has good connection in wisconsin. in the previous life in the professional world helped us out a little bit. we like that connection as well. we are just pleased to host this the 2013 annual meeting of the national governor's association. we started about two years ago with visit milwaukee. really being the the impetus
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here locally. at the time, my wife and i talked with our tourism department about bidding on the convention, this annual meeting. and went to visit milwaukee. they put together a team for this event, we already had great review last night. we had the governors and participates over to miller park showed of what espn calls not only the best ballpark in all of major league baseball but one of the best stadium in all of professional sports. tonight, thankfully the rain came in early this morning and doesn't seem to stick around. tonight a number of governors including governor fallon will be joining us. she took lessons to ride within the harley ride in honor of 110th anniversary. we're hosting an event tonight at the harley davidson museum, just a short distance from here. a number of us will be riding along with combat veterans.
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excuse me, to highlight the 110th an to have fun tonight there to show off another unique attraction to milwaukee, and the state of wisconsin. on saturday we'll be on the lake wisconsin showing off one of our unique assets with the lake front here in lake michigan. and the great facility looking down the way at summer fest. the world's largest music festival to the first designed behind us at the art museum and the great attraction we have here. we are pleased on behalf of my wife and i sprp we are pleased to be hosting our fellow governor, their spouses, their families, their staffs and those interested in the work in the bipartisan work of the national governor's association. we are pleased to be hosting everyone here. we're hopeful that in addition to everybody being here these couple of days that folks will be interested in coming back and maybe that holding their own convention and conferences here
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in milwaukee and the state of wisconsin. we appreciate you coming. with that, i would like to turn to governor jack. the chair of the national governor's association. >> jack. >> good morning, everybody. i want to thank governor walker and his wife for doing a great job. everybody had a great time last night at the brewer's field. and we're looking forward to the rest of the weekend as well. i'm very pleased, i'm joined by governor fallon, the vice chair of nga this last year. it's been wonderful to work with her and also hickenlooper and herbert have joined us as well. you know, washington may be grit locked these days, but the governors are not. we, you know, we have to grapple with the needs of our citizens and figure out solution to the key issues of the day putting people work, and improving schools, health care, of course, infrastructure, homeland security, all of those issues. these are the issues that are on our agenda for the weekend.
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i want to give you a little bit of a snap shop of the things we're working on. one of the biggest challenges, of course, is around health care. while all the attention tends to be on the implementation of the affordable care act, actually a lot of the most important work is going on now is innovation in the states figuring out how we transform the way we deliver and pay for health care. and there's really very exciting work going on in many states across the country and one of the best part of the nga meeting is the opportunity we have to learn from each other and we're going to be doing exactly that. to assist governors in navigating some of these complex health care issue. rerepeatedly -- the health care sustainability task force that is lead by the governor of oregon and the governor of tennessee. it focuses on some of the innovation at the state level that look at the redesign of how
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we deliver and pay for health care. the idea, of course, being to improve quality and reduce cost. we believe there's actually there's very good strategy to do that. the second group we put together is the state health policy advisory board. that really is to offer a broader and deeper perspective staffed bay number of experts in the field and really aim to giving good advice to governors. we, as governors, believe in what we call flexible federalism. what that means a strong cooperative relationship between states and the federal government can solve problems at both levels. and that's really what we work on a lot certainly at the meeting that we have every february in washington where question get together with the president and his team as well as with members of congress. one of the things we're focused on there is the continuum to ask for flexibility and the work force investment act and the 15%
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set aside to crete jobs to spur economic growth to help families grow their income and get people back to work. we are also keenly focused on the role that the skilled work force plays in a economic development. it used to be if a company was going expand it was likely to happen in the united states. but these days i know i've taken a number of trade dole graciouses around the -- dell graciouses around the world. i know, the other governors have as well. whether it's israel, india, south korea, or china or pretty much anywhere these days. it's stunning to see how multinational companies are investing and putting research facilities, manufacturing facility, and the like in these other countries. twenty five years ago, almost by necessity these investments would have gone here in the united states or perhaps western europe. that's not the world that we live in anymore. the competition, in fact, is fierce. there are three billion people in the world looking for jobs. there are 1.2 billion jobs
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available. we're in this global war for jobs and talent. the jobs are going go where the talent. we have to act accordingly. i think the issues will be a part of what we discuss this weekend. the governors have urged congress complete the long overdue real authorization of the elementary and secondary education act. we stressed importance of including a strong state-lead science, technology, matt, education fund. in any house immigration legislative package. at the same time while we're focused on what happened in washington. many of us have our own initiative around stem education as well. one of the great things i value in these conferences is the opportunity that we have to learn from each other including around education. on the issue of homeland security, governors in con june continuous to encourage full use, the national guards cost-effective approach to
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deliver i are. the high level of skill to maintain critical capability. that was a initiative they were very involved in. we have also got to address the nation's water infrastructure needs earlier this year nga released representation for reauthorizing the water resources development act. which called for legislation that would lead to long-term certainty and stability around the modernization of our water infrastructure. finally in preparation for comprehensive tax reform we have a tax reform task force that was lead by the governor of kentucky and the governor of pennsylvania. they released their guiding principle on federal tax reform. that focuses on the interest exclusion on municipal bond and the federal deductible of state
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and local taxes. in addition the broader principle addressed the broader issue of insuring the federal tax reform does not limit or preemplet state authority. so you can see we have been very busy. there's a lot to be done. we continue to face fiscal challenge in our state and several years of slow recovery we are all challenged with providing resource and the critical area that have to be cut during the recession. we are challenged by the federal declining funds that are suggest including medicaid and higher ed and construction. -- correction. we better address the economic challenge by create more opportunity for our people. that's going to be a theme of many of the conversations this weekend. as we discuss job creation, you know, everyone want to be the
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jobs governors. but we want to make sure that we're focusing on opportunity for all of our constituents. so there are not many perk of being the chair of nga as we will find out. one of them is that every chair gets to focus on one initiative for the organization. and the initiative that i worked on this year focuses on one segment of our population that has often been left out of the discussion. that's people with disabilities. we haven't made nearly enough progress even since the passage of the american with disability act. more than two-thirds of working age americans with the disability are outside the labor force. that's more than 10 million people we are not reaching in order tap in to their talent. so this year's initiative was entitled a better bottom line; employing people with the disability inspect is the blueprint we'll be releasing today. we use that phrase a better bottom line, because that is how we are focused can. it's not about charity.
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one of the most powerful part of the entire was was to listen to business leader tell others they employ people with disability not out of charity because it's in the best interest of their shareholders. we have to raise awareness how tapping in to the talent pool can be effective for businesses. we had more than 60 meetings and event of governors and the policy makers. and business people advocate and the like. i was particularly taken bay comment that the ceo of walgreens made when he was in washington in february speaking to all of the governors, he begun, emphasized it's not -- walgreens is a great employer of people of dainltses. they don't do so because it's the nice thing to do. they don't do so because it's charity. they do so because it's the right thing to do for their business. over the last year, we have found ways that state government and businesses can partner to bring more job opportunities to people with disabilities.
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we have been working to provide governors and other policy makers with some very specific tools they can use to not only look at the environment and state but come up withslutions that are designed to support this population. that's what has lead to the development of this. in this blueprint, are some concrete stamps -- camp what governors and policy makers can do to advance employment opportunity in the state for people with disabilities. we intention nayly wrote it to map out specific idea practical action that governors can take and not as a report that is going sit on a shelf somewhere. it covers five key area. not as a stand alone or act of charity. but focused on spie grating it with the overall work force development strait have a gi. finding and support more businesses that hire and retain
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people with disabilities. the only way we can take this to scale we get the business community to embrace this. the good news we have a lot of businesses who started con the path. we need to make sure they are -- sharing their shores. we need to make sure that states are model employers. you know, it's a lot better if we go a business and say it's something you consider when we are ourselves have shown we are doing in our state. number four, i have to do a better job of preparing youth with disability to help them prepare for a life where there's an expectations of employment and not prepare for life where they're dependent on benefit. finally, we have to make sure we are making the best use of resources, obviously, state resources are typically limit the make sure happening in the federal resources but foundation resources. we have made -- i believe we're making very good strides in the front across the country. we have a lot more to do. i look forward to the opportunity this week and going to some more detail with my
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fellow governors. so with that, what i would like to turn it over to governor fallon. the vice chair of the nga governor of oklahoma. we have been joined by the governor of hawaii. great to see you. great to see you. thank you for joining us. governor fallon is going make some comment and we're going turn it over to q & a and the governors will have a chance to chime in as they see fit. with that, governor fallon. >> thank you. >> thank you. what a beautiful place it is to be this morning. governor walker, stunning view. thank you for hosting us here. we appreciate your work on behalf of the national governor's association. -- you lead us a great year of productivity and working on many important issues for our nation tps. been a great success. we are glad to be join by our fellow colleagues that joined us
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here. thank you for coming this morning. i know, i certainly am going take valuable lessons from you, jack, as we continue to move the nga along and have the opportunity this sunday we have a change of relationship. -- leadership. i want to take a moment to thank governorwalker and his wife for a wonderful weekend. we had a great time last night we have some of the colleagues that went down the slide on the burlap sacks. i didn't try it. i had to be prepared to speak this morning. i heard it was a graft great time had at the baseball stadium and certainly a beautiful stadium. absolutely remarkable. the food was great. i think everybody had some hot dogs and french fries and brats and other things that maybe not on our health diet.
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it was fun to have that kind of food. we are excited to be here in milwaukee. we know we have a tremendous agenda lined up and some great speakers to talk about some important issues that are facing our nation. we have a very busy weekend ahead of us. the governor outlined there's many important topics. we are certainly very appreciative of his work on those disabled here in america, and what we can do to help those who have challenges ahead of them and how we can integrate them better in to 0 a work force and certainly improve our work force itself. as was mentioned health care remains one of the topics facing our governors across our nation. they are leading the effort in the area of health care cost containment how to encourage our population to take personal responsibility for their health care. become educate on various health
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care issues. and it's certainly one of the major cost drivers for our state budgets, and we certainly have a lot of federal legislation that is effecting our states and how we run our health care systems. so we're going to hear a time report on that. i should say on health care and have a special session. low we can deal with the health care system and cost containment. and our opening session we're also going to have a session on health and homeland security. and which we'll talk about providing for the health of our veterans. also helping provide better services for our veterans. we have done a tremendous amount of work with the nga on behalf ever our veterans great best practices and example of ways question help provide them jobs, and certainlier ensure our
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veterans and families are spompted because of their wonderful contribution they made to our nation. how we can provide better access to benefit and services for them while their protecting us certainly in our nation. our second half of our session will deal with homeland security and preparedness. governors are certainly invested in making sure our systems are safe from any type of terrorist attacks. we have to deal with major disasters and other emergencies that arise within our various states and certainly across our borders. we also are going take a looked at our state efforts to develop and maintain our core capacities to prevent, prepare, and respond, and recover from any type of large-scale emergencies that are our states might be effected by. i know, that in oklahoma, as you have seen recently, back in may, we experienced some tremendous natural disasters that occurred
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when we had tornadoes that went through many of our different communities, especiallifully moore, oklahoma. we loss of life and loss of facilities and homes and businesses and we've had over tragedies that effected not only my state but other states around the nation. we think it's very important for governors to be able to share idea an what they been through. we think that it's important we help our new governors from what we call our baby governor, our new governors that come online to be prepared on day one to have the ability to handle any type of natural disaster or type of emergency that might come in to their administration. i know, that when i first took office, my first day of being
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sworn in as governor of oklahoma we a major ice storm right at the time i was being sworn in. even leading up to my time having my inauguration at noon, which was mandated by the constitution. i had an ice storm. we had decide whether we had the inauguration or not have the inauguration. whether we can keep the public safe during the time has come to mind, my mind, that it's important for all governors to be prepared on day one for natural disasters. in addition we'll be working on education and work force issues. as mentioned jobs is always very important to each of our states. each of our governors. we're going to be talking about economic growth and job creation. and we need provide the best training possible to have a highly skilled, educate work force to be able to give our educational institutions the tools they need so they can be successful and provide the type of work force our businesses not only require but the businesses
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demand. the education work force committee will convene to look at innovation and the work force with training and employment services to help create jobs and certainly help create better incomes for families. tomorrow we'll move to other issues like infrastructure and transportation. the economic and development committee will hold a joint session on the state of america's infrastructure. which will cover many issue. our nation's infrastructure system. enhance our economic activity and growth and sustain our quality of life. it promotes a better flow of commerce, and certainly helps support the gettiveness of our nation and a global economy. infrastructure system though are challenging for our state. many of our infrastructure systems in our nation are outdated. they're becoming older. they require more funding.
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they also require more innovation. and also require our attention. and so we're going have a great session on infrastructure needs and how we can work together as governors and certainly with our state and federal partners. during tomorrow's joint session of governors we're going talk about how the nation can support under economic growth and build strong intergovernmental partnership to support long-term policy. on saturday afternoon the governors will discuss a broad issue of constructions reform. and the rising population that we see in many of our correctional institutions throughout our nation, the costs our state are facing with many of our increasing prison populations and also our aging correctional facility and how we deal with those type of issues. how we can be smart and tough on
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crime but also smart on crime. it's also a very important issue. and other pressing needs that are competing for our budget and revenue and state. we also want to make sure we protect our citizens of our state that punish criminal and facility meaning of the reentry once people come out of our correction facility back in to our community system of cost-effective way possible. and finally on sunday, we're going to talk about cybersecurity and as you see in a recent headline and every-increasing threat to our nation for cybersecurity attack across our country and state and certainly within our business and infrastructure. we believe governors have key role to play in the defense of our nation. last year they created a resource center for state cyber security to address these growing challenges. this session we'll look at other
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things governors are doing across the nation to be able to share best practice us -- and they are doing to help with cybersecurity. as you can tell. we have a busy agenda and a busy weekend. and going look forward to be able to listen to our fellow governors, listen to experts in the private sector, and certainly continue to collaborate between each other and find various issues facing our nation. governor, that's all i have. i would be happy to move on. >> great. >> we would like to open it up to your questions. [inaudible]
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when they want to be able to -- when they want some kind of predictability with respect to immigration reform and the ability to hirelet say skilled workers coming from elsewhere and they don't have the predictability. that's a strike against us. behave an effort and david qawm in the nga head couple federal affair effort where we lobby in washington. frankly even more important is the work we're doing this weekend when we learn from each other. we can't afford it.
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and wait for washington to fix it. there's a lot of things question do learn from each other. that's what we're doing. anybody else want to say anything in response? go ahead and step up. >> we believe as governors that it's important that we lead by example. governors are stepping up with solutions to problems. one of the things we see in our state is where there's uncertainty in washington, d.c., that uncertainty can effect our economic climate and revenue growth. we have uncertainty with issues like sequestration, whether we have a budget deal done, or transportation bill will be reauthorized. or no child left behind. all of those things that are left undone. the uncertainty in washington, d.c., has an impact on our states. it has an impact of not knowing what our federal funds are going to be back to our states. it has an effect on the private sector. and so when we try to do in our
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state is create the certainty so we can hopefully be able to create jobs, grow our economies, but i think it's important that we as governors continue to work congress and the administration. toker size we need to have decisions made. the lack of decisions harm our states and how we run our states. >> i want to comment particularly on the transportation infrastructure side. i think that part of the reason we have a national governor's association, and why many of us try to attend and work with one another and stay in touch with one another is that there has been -- i don't know if you can call it a sea change, but the phenomena that several of us who are governors now understand only too well from our experience in the congress.
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mary and i, for example, were colleagues working on armed services issues. we put the mission in front of us and we're able to work together. that's not taking place today. the failure of the transportation bill, and chairman rogers' frustration, i think, exemple fies what is taking place there today. what we are doing in the state of hawaii, and in reaction to that, and in response, i think, is to have our own infrastructure stimulus program, if you will. we're going put three quarters of a billion dollars in to our airport systems statewide. it's fundamental to our economic security in a place like hawaii to have travel and hop hospitality facilities are attractive and make it easy for people to come to see us and have a pleasant experience as they leave.
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so with interest rates as they are at the present time, we know they will never be lower. they can only rise, and so i think that at least the program we have in our state which i have been sharing with others is that we don't have to wait on washington to take advantage of the capacity we have. if you have a solid financial situation in your state, if you have been able to turn it around , as we have, from the fiscal chaos that existed before, then you are able to move forward. it may be more modest in macroterms we think of a national basis. in term of the stability of our population, the confidence of the state population, and the state is moving forward. the single best factor you can bring to bear is a statewide
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infrastructure investment program. we don't think of it in term of spending at all. we think of it as a basic investment in the super structure. social, economic, and political in the state. and so it may be that the states will lead the way in recreating our -- the confident -- confidence of our country as whole in term of looking to the future. all we can do at this stage is try to remind our friends in congress, when -- many of whom with we serve that this worked and worked under tough conditions and political conditions before. ..
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>> sometimes there are differences of opinion and interpretation of a 2000 seven-page statute which has 2700 pages of regulation. so it has been a difficult thing is we try to find our way. but i can at least express my expressions. we have found the fourth option we still have times and concerns
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